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breaking news, take a look here. a traffic nightmare on a busy interstate. this is a ground crew. now look at the mess on i- 275 from our traffic camera. you can see the cars there at a complete stand still. what a terrible way to start a friday morning. good morning, i'm gayle guyardo. >> and i'm gene ramirez. let's take you straight to leslee lacey for a look at the big problem and how to get around it. >> you saw it right there, they showed you on the camera, it was completely blocked. this is 275. that was i-4. but notice this,
all these white lights. what's happening is all the traffic on westbound i-4 is being diverted to northbound 275 at martin luther king and so that's where everyone is exiting. so we've got big delays. actually, more than what you would think here as i move over and take a quick look. this is what's happening, again, diverted to martin luther king so 30 minute delays through i-4. and that is a mess. and then also, you have continued delays over at the exit. take the downtown tampa. don't mess with westbound i-4. hillsborough a two-day right at wall on the way, -- waltonway, injuries involved in that crash. and earlier possible fatal crash, county line road at gateway boulevard, that has cleared from the roadway. so traffic has been a mess this morning actioner ed. what-- morning, ed, what about the weather? well, thankfully the weather not near of a mess.
morning. got some upper up -- upper 60s to the north. 85 is the average. we will hit 87 as we go into this afternoon. again, staying slightly above where we should be for this time of year. and the morning lows also going to be a tad above normal as well. we will look at the full weekend forecast in a bit. >> all right. thank you. happening today, a plant city man is facing manslaughter charges after he crashed his pickup truck into a lakeland home killing the wife of a retired pastor. this was the horrific scene 24 hours ago. investigators tell us 76-year- old janice folds was killed instantly. the freak accident has horrified the community. news channel 8's ryan hughes is live at the polk county sheriff's office. ryan, sheriff grady judd explained that the driver was
explained that the driver was drunk at the time? >> reporter: gayle, good morning. the sheriff said this act has caused a lot of grief. listen. >> ryan talent, with his recklessness, changed the life of this beautiful family forever. and through the criminal justice system, we plan to change ryan talent's life. >> reporter: this is video of ryan talent as he was booked into jail. the sheriff went on to say his pickup truck flew off janice and her husband, the reverend ryan fold, had just woken up when the truck plowed through the home, ending up through two rooms. the reverend watched as the truck was pulled from the home. talent tried to leave the crash of the scene after the crash but neighbors stopped him. in the past, he has been arrested for grand theft and dui charges. the folds were married for 53
thank you, ryan. well, west wild hogs, the man accused of kidnapping a 4- year-old polk county girl, is expected in court this afternoon. hogs was transported back to florida from tennessee thursday. he and little becky lewis were found in memphis earlier this week. becky was returned to her parents safe and sound wednesday. hogs is due in court at 1:00 p.m. new this morning, the driver accused of hitting a 17- year-old girl on hillsborough avenue and leaving her to die st he is believed to have been driving this hyundai when he hit and killed the 17-year-old wednesday night. now a tip from an insurance agent helped state troopers arrest him. and this morning, we are learning more about what happened tuesday afternoon when a pinellas county man went on a shooting rampage, firing at neighbors, and even at a deputy. this video shows the 65-year- old firing off nine rounds.
and he wanted to get back at his neighbor sean smith. >> he was on a rampageto kill as many people as he could wednesday. >> and he shot at a man painting and a deputy who confronted him. for years, he has argued with neighbors. and he has been accused of exposing himself to kids. right now, his neighbor remains hospitalized. they are both listed in critical condition. a pinellas county deputy is off the job and out on bond this morning. he is accused of pawning his service weapon and stealing drugs. the sheriff tells us that the 32-year-old steve smith stole pills from a citizen who brought them to the dunedin substation to be destroyed. and he is accused of pawning his agency-issued hand gun. he is charged with two counts
count of possession of a controlled substance. the man who investigators say tried to steal a with a teenager inside and is wake up in jail. the incident happened outside of this 7-eleven in largo saturday. investigators tell us thanks to a tip, they found john jordan at the hotel in clearwater thursday. he was arrested and is being charged with attempted carjacking. happening today, legoland will re-open this morning after a day at the theme park was cut short on thursday. >> yeah, scary afternoon for a lot of families out there. latest on what happened there and legoland's response? >> reporter: okay, so any parent can imagine the disappointment, you have taken your kids to the theme park, and then you have to leave at lunchtime. that's exactly what happened on thursday when someone called in a bomb threat to legoland. we have video from someone there at the theme park of the mass evacuation yesterday of the park and the onsite hotel. for several hours, the park was
now it's been determined the whole thing was a hoax. legoland says they'll re-open at 10:00 a.m. and they are offering refunds to anyone at the park or hotel yesterday. they say they'll also offer tickets or rather honor tickets from thursday. and as you can imagine, there are a lot of disappointed guests posted to facebook that they can't return for another day or with questions about not only the ticket prices but the fees for parking too. legoland is responding to all of those cases individually. there is an email set up to handle that. it is now posted on our website, wfla.com. by the way, the police department is investigating but right now, no one has been charged with making that threat. >> well, that's too bad. when you go to the park with a child, that's like packing for a day trip, juice boxes and strollers and diaper bags. >> i'm sure they're happy it was just what it was. >> and a lot of the hotel
>> fortunately though, it was just a threat and nothing worse than that. meredyth censullo, thank you. let's get a check on the weather with ed bloodsworth filling in for leigh spann this morning. >> yeah, not a bad start to your friday. some areas may have a couple drops of rain on the windshield. we had a couple spots of drizzle throughout the night but most has come to an end. take a look at max defender 8 scanning the skies. and right now, things have quieted down quite a bit out there. take a look hour-by-hour. the rain chances return but they'll stay very slim for today. only around 10% as the temperatures hit 87 this afternoon. we've got this east to northeasterly wind that's going to bring in moisture off the atlantic. so scattered clouds and perhaps just a few showers for the afternoon and into the early evening. so just hang on to the umbrella and have it nearby just in case you get caught under a shower. rain chances coming up a little bit for the weekend to 20%.
outlook, fairly dry as we slowly transition to the dry season. not a bad start with weather. terrible start with traffic though. we've had so in issues and we have a very, very big issue for those who commute through downtown tampa. step away from the kitchen and check this out. ybor city, you've got almost a 30 minute delay here already westbound i-4. it's all due to a fatal crash, folks, that is right at the heart of the junction. southbound 275 is completely blocked. but i just got word that it is about to open. but right now, you are stacked and packed and traffic is heading up to martin luther king. and then they're exiting at martin luther king and it is just jammed. you just saw the color change there. you want you to take the selmon expressway if you're leaving the house soon. let's take a live look at this right now. and you can see what a complete mess it. is they are now starting to allow at least one lane of
like it's happening that the moment. so this is good news. a few cars getting by. but if you're leaving the house right now, i still want to you take the selmon into downtown tampa. back to gene and gayle. >> thank you. well the 2016 heart walk is right around the corner. and news channel 8 is committed to raising $100,000 but we need your help. fuccillo kia is generously matching the first $50,000 we raise so every dollar you donate really counts as two. the walk is november 12th at raymond james stadium. details. >> yeah, the whole morning team is out there so we hope you join us. it will be fun. fighting human trafficking, what local and state officials are doing to prevent this growing crime in the bay area. you're watching news channel 8 today.
as of this month, there are more boots on the ground to help victims. this morning, i sit down with a woman who works here in tampa bay to help victims of this crime dubbed modern day slavery. >> reporter: law enforcement is on the hunt for human trafficking rings across the state. and when arrests are made, the victims themselves won't be cuffed, which believe it or not, wasn't always the case until a new law went into effect this month. says, no child under the age of 18 can be arrested as a prostitute. which is huge. you know, again, you've heard this, no child ever, you know, says when they're little, i want to grow up to be a prostitute. so we have to treat our children as children and as victims. >> reporter: and often time, women working in the adult entertainment industry did not choose this life path. instead, they were forced into it. >> strip clubs, unfortunately,
>> reporter: she along side the salvation army ministry workers go into the clubs and offer a way out. >> no agenda, just to let them know, we see you, we care about you and if you ever want to talk about how to find a way to get out of this industry and into something else, we're there to help you. >> reporter: and finally, 5,000 law enforcement and first finally located. >> a lot of victims have been brainwashed to believe that law enforcement is their enemy and not their friend. >> reporter: but there are safety nets being formed right now. to stop human trafficking. >> the next big hurdle for the state is finding shelter for human trafficking victims. once they have been rescued, minors are cared for by state agencies but adult victims need a safe place to stay and support to transition into a normal life.
go to these places and give them that option to get out of the business to avoid turning into something else. >> and more impressive, a lot of the places allow them in and support this. you know -- the strip club owners don't want people there against their will. >> because they don't know, they think they're there because they want to be there. interesting. thank you. five people in the little river neighborhood tested positive for zika about five miles north of downtown miami. now a large portion of miami beach remains an active zika virus infection zone. right now, there are more than a thousand people with zika virus in our state. 155 of those people were infected here in florida. well, plant city will become a football battleground tonight as downtown miami cross- town rivals take to the field. >> they take on durant high school in a fight for the
two have been fighting over for years. news channel 8's mary mcguire is live from plant city high school where the friday morning blitz pep rally is getting underway. >> reporter: good morning to you guys. i will say, plant city high school currently has the redman trophy that you are talking about. and they certainly want to keep it this year. it is a sea of orange. this is one of the best crowds that i have seen all year, through all of our friday morning blitz. and this school. it's a cross-town rivalry. plant city taking on durant, another high school in plant city. and the other interesting part about these high schools, the principals are sisters. we will have much more on that in the next half hour. but for right now, the kids are getting excited as you can see. and they are just so pumped up for this game. we have the cheerleaders here
thousands of honda vehicles that could roll away while the parking brake is on. >> still ahead, the recall and what drivers need to fire-prone cellphones are costing samsung and what the company is doing to keep customers from switching to iphones. you're watching news channel 8 today on this friday morning.
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the company is estimating they'll lose close to $3 billion between now and march. samsung announced this week that they're ending all production of the sales of the note 7. and they are offering a $100 credit to customers who trade in their note 7 for any other samsung phone. they're scared that people are going to try to move out to other companies. a parking brake issue is prompting the recall of 50,000 hondas. is problem is with some of the 2016 a software glitch could cause the car to roll away. honda will notify owners next month. dealers will fix the glitch for free. >> definitely want to get that checked out.
some scattered cloudiness this morn at the bus stop, 27 degrees. we will see 87 this afternoon. we can't rule out a quick shower developing, especially during the afternoon and early evening hours. temperature-wise, a little bit above average for today and for tomorrow at 87. but slowly but surely, the numbers start coming back down. average temperatures by the time we start your next week. another check of what's going on with the travel times this morning with leslee lacey. i tell you, it's a tough ride now. city alone. now coming away on i-4 from i- 75, it looks good in that area. but once you get into ybor, you hit the brakes. a complete stand still due to a fatal crash. and that accident is right here at the transition to southbound 275. so the ramp is closed to south 275. they were letting some vehicles by but it's closed rite now. what happens is, you're taken up to northbound 275. you have to exit at martin
breaking this morning, take a look at this traffic nightmare developing on a busy interstate that thousands of drivers take every morning, we're talking about i-275 and from the traffic cameras this morning. you can see that the cars are lined up, barely moving, bumper to bumper there. good morning and welcome to news channel 8 today. i'm gayle guyardo. >> and i'm gene ramirez. thank you for joining us. it is a mess out there. let's check in with leslee lacey to see how you can get around hit morning. >> just in the last couple my, we have jumped up to -- couple minute, we have already jumped up to 41 minutes. we are moving into rush hour. ybor city, 41 minutes westbound
just crawling along. and it is all due a fatal accident, involving a motorcyclist. let me go back to the maps. and here's what's happening. coming on i-4 away from i-75, you're fine. once you get to about u.s. 41 which is 50th street. that's where you hit the brakes. so exiting at 301, you're okay, just don't go through ybor city. heading into downtown, you cannot transition to southbound 275. traffic is taken off and moved up to martin th because everybody is turning around and getting back on to southbound 275. so take hillsborough instead of martin luther king. and take the selmon expressway instead of westbound i-4 as you move into downtown. hopefully it's going to wrap up soon. but right now, it is quite the mess out there. >> what about weather? >> yeah, one of the worse places to have a back-up. >> yeah, the junction. but you have good news? >> i have very good news. weather-wise, it's mild and
morning. 73 in tampa. we're looking at upper 60s to the north. and even 50s showing up back towards the panhandle. this morning, we have a few light sprinkles that have been working their way in from the east coast. and a lot has been fizzling out. 87degrees this afternoon which is warm for this time of year. again, another stray shower chance as we go into the afternoon hours. and then coming up, we will look at the eight-day temperature trend. and we have cooler air on the way. i will show you that in a bit. >> thank you. we now. the man accused of hitting a 17- year-old girl on hillsborough avenue leaving her to die posted bond overnight. investigators believe he was driving this hundred when he struck and killed the high school senior wednesday night. she was on her way home from her after-school job. and as you saw in the car there, it was dented and all beat up. it was a tip from an insurance agent that helped state troopers arrest him.
they gathered at a vigil last night along hillsborough avenue to remember the teen who had plans to go to the hillsborough community college. news of an arrest was little consolation to the family. her brother broke down in tears at the vigil. >> i'm happy that, you know, that they got him. but it's still not going to bring my sister back. she's not coming back. >> grief counselors were at hook high school on thursday to help students. the school plans her with a moment of silence today. and in your vote today, it's a fight for women's vote as donald trump responds to recent allegations that he made unwanted sexual advances on women for decades. >> this as first lady michelle obama delivers a speech criticizing trump saying enough is enough. news channel 8's meredyth censullo is in the news center this morning and. the first lady actually broke from the planned speech and went off the cuff on this one.
right. first lady michelle obama says she can't ignore comments made by donald trump more than 10 years ago. on the campaign trail for hillary rodham clinton in new hampshire, the the first lady slammed trump's explanation of comments he made as locker room talk. and she told the crowd electing trump sends the message to our children that everything they're seeing and hearing is okay. >> we're telling our sons that it's okay to humiliate women. we're telling our daughters that this is how they deserve to be treated. we're telling bigotry and bullying are perfectly accept until the leader of their country. -- acceptable in the leader of their country. is that what we want for our children? >> reporter: on the campaign trail, donald trump remains defiant. he is responding to the flood of accusations of inappropriate contact with women with denial, threat of legal action and attacks on his opposition.
me of inappropriate conduct with women are totally and absolutely false. >> reporter: the most recent poll of florida voters has clinton leading trump by six points. that poll was released thursday by florida atlantic university. the fight for florida voters is bringing the vice presidential candidates to ou will campaign in miami today. and tim kaine will attend an vicinity in palm beach county tomorrow. happening today, the man accused of kidnapping a 4-year- old polk county girl driving her all over the southeast is due in court in just a few hours. west wild hogs was transported back to florida after he and becky lewis were found in memphis, tennessee earlier this week. news channel 8's ryan hughes is live from the polk county sheriff's office this morning. and ryan, we are hoping to hear something from hogs in court
a peep. >> reporter: exactly. good morning to you once again. arrived here at the polk county sheriff's office yesterday and when pressed by reporters about what happened, he didn't say a word. listen-- >> mr. hog, this 4-year-old, why would you kidnap a 4-year- old girl? >> do you have significant to say to the family? >> do you want to apologize to the family? >> reporter: to no avail. the polk county sheriff grady judd says he kidnapped little becky lewis from her lakeland home saturday morning and drove north on interstate and tennessee. a nurse at a memphis hospital noticed hogs and the girl after she received an amber alert on her cellphone and that nurse called 911. hogs was arrested and the girl was returned to her anxious parents safe and sound. right now, hogs faces kidnapping and awe though theft charges. and more charges could be -- kidnapping and auto theft charges. more charges could be tacked on when he is in court this afternoon. >> we will be watching. ryan, thank you.
to court today for a deadly crash. robert talent is accused of crashing the truck into the home. you can see the big hole and check out the truck in the house. the crash killed 76-year-old janice folds. she is the wife of a retired pastor reverend wyatt folds. the two had been married for 53 years. janice informs the front bedroom when the truck came plowing through. the sheriff tells us, talent he is now facing dui manslaughter charges. and a polk county family is struggling with the loss of a little boy. the 5-year-old was riding his bike with his sister when he was struck by a car and killed. this happened on saddlewood boulevard in lakeland. investigators believe austin crawford rode into the path of the vehicle. the driver is cooperating with investigators and is not facing charges. let's get a check on weather and traffic on the 8s. ed, how is it going?
overnight but that's come to an end. we are anticipating a mainly dry start to the day. we are scanning the skies and again, not finding too much out there. expected to remain fairly quiet through at least most of the day. and right now, from lakeland auto mall in polk county, it's 70 degrees. a northeast breeze this morning. and the temperatures will climb above afternoon. we topped off at 89 yesterday. we will hit 87 which is about o that will change long-term as we get back to average temperatures. by monday, tuesday and wednesday, 85, a-okay there. and watch the numbers fall a bit into the latter portion of next week here. so starting to get the true tastes of fall coming our way. again, very quiet weather-wise this morning but the roads have been anything but quiet this morning. it's been busy. >> it has been busy. your numbers are falling and my numbers are rising.
i-4 right at the junction. moving into downtown, look at this, just through ybor city with no traffic, about six minutes. that's what you see here. and we have you up to 43 minutes. you don't want to take i-4 into downtown tampa. take the selmon expressway. let's take a live look. traffic is backed up in the area and it's backed up to about 50th. once you get to 50th, you are sitting there. what happens is you are diverted on to 275 can't access southbound and that's due to the investigation. so everyone is exiting at martin luther king martin luther king is jammed up at 275 because everyone is exiting. and then coming around and trying to get back to southbound 275. so a quagmire here. a new crash in lane, mile stretch drive, that's in the holiday area. and an accident over here trying to wrap up, tying up
walton way. that's a look at weather and traffic on the 8s. back to gene and gayle. >> thank you. the tampa bay lightning start the season with a win beating the detroit red wings at amalie arena last night. good job, guys. the game started slow though. the red wings took an early lead and then the lightning powered through. in the 23rd period, stamkos passed to johnson who scored the go-ahead power play goal. and then they won it all. next for the bolt, the new jersey devils, that game tomorrow here at home arena. well, a baby in a stroller falls eight stories down an elevator shaft. >> how investigators believe that accident happened. and the deaths of two deer at a hillsborough county facility for students to learn about florida's wildlife. why investigators don't think the deaths are an accident. then -- >> reporter: hey, i'm live here at plant city high school. we have a big rivalry game going on tonight. and these kids have taken the
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news at 6:44. st.petersburg police are on the scene of a an apartment complex where a man was found shot to death in the parking lot. the victim is a 36-year-old man. they have not released the victim's name though. and there are no suspects as of right now in this case. we will stay on top of the story and let you know as soon as we get more developments.
students are found dead and investigators want to know who killed them. they lived at nature's classroom in thonotosassa. they were found dead a little more than a week ago. investigators aren't revealing much right now but officials are appalled. >> you said this appears to be a senseless act? >> yeah, this is certainly one of the more senseless acts that i have heard of. >> authorities are not revealing how the animals were killed but secure pin and were used to be approached by people. time now 6:45. across america, the man accused of driving the wrong way on a vermont interstate killing five teenagers will be arraigned today. he is charged with second degree murder. police claim he drove the wrong way, crash into the car filled with teens. this happened just outside of burlington. and then he is accused of stealing a police cruiser after the deadly crash and driving that cruiser the wrong way
parents in columbus, ohio are on edge this morning after a drive-by shooting outsideof a school. a 1512 and 15-year-old were shot as school let out for the day. one boy was shot in the shoulder and the other in the chest. they are in stable condition this morning. investigators are now searching for the shooter. parents are demanding extra security. well, an elevator tragedy in new york. a six-week-old baby in a stroller fell down an elevator shaft. e mother fell eight stories on to the top of an elevator car. the two waited for the elevator on 23rd floored of the apartment building. when the door opened, the mom stepped forward but the car was not there. investigators claim the crews were repairing the elevator but did not post any signs. north carolina can't catch a break. residentses there bracing for more flooding brought by hurricane matthew. the tar river is expected to crest today, putting more people and homes at risk.
the storm is blamed for 22 deaths in north carolina. and north carolina's governor fears more could die as the flooding continues. live at plant city high school. >> reporter: i have a few dozen of my closest friends here at plant city high school. and that's the redman cup. that's what this big game is all about tonight. and there's an interesting story behind the redman cup. let's hear about it right now. the two principals at the two rival high schools in plant city have a whole lot more in common than just their job title. plant city high school principal susan sullivan and durant's principal pamela
but we will walk over and talk to the other one. we did that last year. >> it's a good rivalry. it brings out the best in both schools and teams and we always tend to play harder and step up our game. >> reporter: tonight, it's a battle between two teams on the gridiron and two sisters for the james redman cup named after their late father, a die hard football fan. as for who will take home the cup tonight plant city has won six times and durant has won three. we will see. >> reporter: such a cool story behind this rivalry. not just a rivalry on the football field but really a family rivalry. as you can see, the students here at plant city high school are ready for the big game. kick-off is tonight at 7:30. back to you guys. >> wow. >> my gosh. >> i don't know what she said
>> what a rivalry. >> that's awesome. great story, thank you, mary. it's 6:48. i wonder how the sisters react when it's all said and done. >> i remember going to that game as a kid, it's a blast. you have to head out there tonight. this morning, if you're headed out on the roads, there's a look at the veterans expressway in tampa, 71 degrees. the official sunrise at 7:30 this morning. so we will be looking at some scattered clouds as the sun comes up later today. 64 the weather watcher actually just outside of inverness there, dora reporting 66. so a mild start for us. low 70s elsewhere. as we go today, we have this continued easterly flow that's going to drive in moisture off the atlantic. and with drier air aloft, we are only expecting a few showers and thunderstorms this afternoon. really just showers. really there's not too much in the way of instability here. and a few hit and misshowers
showers. primarily during the afternoon and evening. and again, looking at the games for this evening, the blitz is going to be looking very good weather-wise. just a stray shower at kick- off, 70s into the evening. another check of the rooteds right now with leslee lacey. traffic is horrendous on i- 4 westbound. we are looking at i-4 and it's terrible here. westbound, just hitting the brakes, folks. it's due to this fatal crash at the junction. you? 35 minutes minimum. and look at this, looks like a spaghetti string, the white area, backed up to orient road. and this is westbound i-4 that eagle 8 hd is over right now. and it's just a parking lot. now eastbound is not affected. what's happening here is traffic has moved on to 275. you can't transition on to southbound 275. and that's what's stacking you up. so let's go ahead and look again at the maps.
there. usually this only takes about six minutes. veterans expressway looks good. that's good news. and what's happening here, again, taken on to northbound 275 and now that's starting to get sticky. so you have about 40 minutes here. and then an additional delay here. don't the take i-4 into downtown tampa. go ahead and take the selmon expressway. it looks fantastic. and also, martin luther king is turning into a mess as well because everyone is exiting and turning around. so take hillsborough in getting heavy typically right now. that's weather and traffic on the 8s. back to gene and gayle. >> all right, thank you. what you need to know before you walk out the door is next. >> including the florida theme park re-opening today after a big scare. and a horrifying crash at a lakeland home. still ahead, why investigators are blaming the driver of a truck for killing a reverend's wife. it's 6:51.
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a man accused of plowing through a lakeland home and killing a reverend's wife is due in court today. >> news channel 8's ryan hughes is live from the polk county sheriff's office. ryan-- >> reporter: good morning. that suspect is expected in a polk county courtroom around 1:00 this afternoon to face a number of charges. let's go to some video right now that shows 24-year-old ryan talent of plant city as he was booked into jail. the sheriff tells us that hi pickup truck flew off fitzgerald road in lakeland and slammed into a home. janice folds and her husband, the reverend wyatt had just woken up when the truck plowed through the home, going through two or three rooms. the reverend watched as the vehicle was pulled from the home later in the day. he tried to leigh the scene after the crash but neighbors stoppedded him. again, he is due in court at 1:00 this afternoon. live in polk county, ryan hughes, news channel 8 today.
accused of kidnapping a 4-year- old polk county girl is expected in court this afternoon. hogs was transported back to florida from tennessee thursday. he and little becky lewis were found in memphis earlier this week. the driver accused of hitting a 17-year-old on hillsborough avenue and leaving her to die posted bond overnight. he is believed to have been driving the car that hit and killed the hillsborough high school senior wednesday. a tip from an insurance ag legoland will re-open this morning after a bomb threat on thursday. the park was combed for explosives. there were none. now it's determined the whole thing was a hoax. legoland is offering refunds to anyone at the park or hotel thursday. the fight for florida voters is bringing the vice presidential candidates to our state. republican governor mike pence will campaign in miami and pensacola today.
tomorrow. and friday forecast, scattered clouds this morning and just a stray shower, especially during the afternoon and evening. that rain chance only at 10%. it will be slightly warm for this time of year. your temperatures topping off at 87. the 80s continue for the weekend. rain chances up to 20% by saturday and sunday. all right, a look at the roadways. look at this. this is westbound i-4. it's pretty much a parking lot. eagle 8 hd live over it right now. they'll pan closer to where the problem is right now. but you almost to 301. solid from orient road. and i just got an update, they are letting traffic by now, westbound i-4 can transition on to southbound 275. so that is some very good news. and it has been closed for hours. and that was due to a fatal accident involving a motorcyclist. so again, the southbound 275 transition is back open. but as you saw, we are still very backed up in the area.
opened but you are not able to travel to the off-ramps into downtown, like the east/west one and one at ashley. still allow for extra time. and take the selmon expressway. it looks fantastic. all right, let's take a look elsewhere. u.s. 19 at mile stretch drive, we have a collision in lanes and that's in holiday. >> ma don the that style. >> okay, madonna. >> on a friday, we appreciate it. thank you for stories throughout the day for you. catch our updates during the "today" show. >> and another hour of local
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